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I Planned to do What???

Write!

But other things are filling up my day, so I’m still going to write, but I still have to do all these other things!

Not these things, though I have to take a break, right? The one of the cougar I took as he was walking toward me at the Cameron Park Zoo. I was glad there was glass between us. 🙂

I have to take Tanner in for shots, *sad face*, and after I drop Tanner off at home, I need to ship off books, book marks, some for men and women in uniform Overseas, and a bear for a literacy fundraiser.

Storm clouds are building. It’s mucho hot out already at 7:30 a.m.

When I get home for a second time, I have an interview with a representative of Monmouth University where I earned my MBA.

And then? I HAVE to write. I’m a 1,000 words behind from working on proofing Falcon Fae, so need 3,000 today.

Then my daughter said her friend has a newborn and asked if  I’d take newborn photos. At my house. That meant I had to stop writing last night and clean house. It’s not that bad, but I get behind on dusting and vacuuming.

Soooo, picture taking is later this afternoon.

When I made up my word count goal, I had nothing planned at all. 🙂

But, I’m determined to do it all.

Tomorrow, I take care of baby…so I’ve given myself two days off a week from word count goal–the two days I have her. Then it’s photo days, or teaching and playing days. Cuddling days. I still plan to write some after her momma picks her up though.

So I’m off to finish getting ready to take Tanner in to the vet. It’s already been a whirlwind morning, and now, it just continues–only I’m going to be running out in stormy weather. Hmmm, I might have to ship all that stuff on another day.

It’s pouring! Thundering like crazy.  We needed rain, but….

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Fog of the Brain

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Do you ever have so many projects to do, you don’t know where to begin?

Hopefully, I’ll begin them right and all will be done as planned.

I’m aiming to get the first 10,000 on Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf–which means 2,000 words today.

Plant 4 mini boxwood shrubs. I planted all the flowers last night until it got too dark to see what I was doing. 🙂 It’s supposed to rain today, so I’ll have to figure out where to put them sometime today.

Do edits my first beta reader sent to me and then turn this over to my second beta reader. Book is due April 1st, so running out of time.

AND, proof Exchanging Grooms for print. I really, really need to get all my ebooks into print. It’s already in audiobook too! So it needs to be in print. I spent a good part of yesterday formatting it and creating the cover.

Okay, that’s it!!! So as long as I do first things first–edits to Flight of the White Wolf, I’ll be all set to go onto the next assignment. No time for fog brain.

Have a great clear brain day and live up to your potential. You can do it!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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May the Force be with You

blaine-darth-vader-sometimes-the-force-is-with-you-900My son as Darth Vader and one of his AF friends, while her fiancee took the picture. I added the cool room and special effects. 🙂

Okay, so next up is New Year’s. Have you set goals?

Looks like I’ll be finishing Loving the White Bear, writing three new books for Sourcebooks–another white wolf, Billionaire Wolf Christmas, and Brett’s Silver wolf story. And, I need to write a fae story, Highland, cougar, and I’m missing someone, but can’t think of it now. I want to also write 2 more cougar Christmas novellas and a Highland novella. I also will be in a boxset with Taming the Wild Highlander and other Highland novels, so trying to get that ready pronto.

We’ll see what I can manage! No moves this year, but my daughter’s baby is coming, and I’ve promised to take care of the baby two days a week, so that will be starting probably in May.

I have a writer’s retreat in January, a baby shower to host in January, a bear to make for the baby, and a reader’s convention to attend in February, and Rita published books to judge in January. So lots of stuff to do writing-wise! AND, I want to plant more sky pencil holly along the fence. I need 18 more of them to line the whole fence. 🙂 I also want to play more with composites, learn how to get better, and take better photos!

Off to work! Make the most of the next 3 days, because after that, you have to start all over again and have fun in the New Year! No plans for New Year’s Eve except to work on all the writing projects I need to, and New Year’s Day, I’m going to a ladies’ luncheon.

What about you? Have some plans for the New Year?

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Ever Have Trouble Reaching Your Goal?

baby mockingbird under fountain (492x640)baby mockingbird under fountatin (431x640)baby mockingbird getting drink of water (408x640)baby mockingbird head fountain (640x547)Sometimes goals are worth attaining no matter how hard we have to try to reach them.

Baby Mockingbird finally made it!

Terry

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Are You Goal Oriented?

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I reset my goals on Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing because I was stuck. What on? How to deal with a 3-year-old. It’s been a while since I had one, and I wished I’d written down all the funny things my kids said when they were little. Or things they did. I remember some, but not what age exactly. So I did my usual and posted on FB and asked if anyone has a 3-year-old and any cute sayings or things to share. And voila! So someone had said that little boys like to run around naked. I began to remember things my kids did–like my little boy running stark naked out the door after a bath, and the foreman who was doing some renovations on our place laughing. He later was my son’s and his son’s t-ball coach. His son was the same age as mine, and so he had experienced it all. But that was when he was smaller. So that’s the thing. Trying to remember exactly what age they are when this happens…that’s a different story.

I’m putting all my contributors into the acknowledgements and the stories will be incorporated to fit into my world. But I have to say, laughter is good for the soul and I’ve been laughing a lot at the cute things kids say.

Scaring Sister

Blaine trying to scare his little sister

I think Jenn was 3-years-old here. But she might have been 2 and her brother is 5 then. That’s what throws me is the ages. 🙂

And, I’ve been writing again and that’s great! I finally made it to the halfway point and it’s downhill from there. Now I have to start figuring out how to tie up loose ends, etc.

Tomorrow is the big release day for SEAL Wolf Hunting, so I will be busy with that all day. Which reminds me I need to work on a newsletter!!!

Okay, off to work on my writing goal now and hope everyone is having a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Really, Mom, I’m Jogging…

Max: Mom, really, I’m just getting ready to jog. You can have the jogging board after me.

Max and the jogging board

Max and the jogging board

Max: Really, I had a super hard work out. You probably weren’t watching. But I must’ve run three miles, at least. I was chasing rabbits, birds, butterflies. Just give me a moment. I ran so hard, my legs collapsed out from underneath me. You can have the jogging board as soon as I can get back on my feet.

Max the Rug on the jogging board

Max the Rug on the jogging board

Tanner's Turn?

Tanner’s Turn?

Tanner: Max said it was my turn next. Can you tell him to move?

Thanks, Mom

Thanks, Mom

Tanner: Thanks, Mom, for making him move. We can share.

Mom: Somehow I managed to get my 3 miles in even when the puppies wanted to exercise too.

And that’s my story!

Finished another bear, need to take a picture of it today, and have one more left to finish. Made over word count on Taming the Wild Cougar, but behind on Billionaire. However, I decided I needed a new, more dramatic opening. Sometimes I have to write a while before I can “see” it.

Have a super great Sunday! 🙂 <3

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Turning the Puppy Upside Down

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Tanner and my tennis shoe.

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Tanner and the doggy pickup bag.

 

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“Leave it, Tanner. Tanner, drop it.” Outside, I’m having a better success at getting him to drop things. Inside…I turn him upside down, not like by the legs. I hold him like a baby and just tilt my arms so that he’s part way upside down, but still totally secure against me, and then he drops whatever he’s got that I don’t want him to have.

🙂 I know. I know. It’s totally not the way to go. He’s getting my attention when I need to just be firmer with him.

Ha!

He’s way too stubborn. And if I try to take it away from him, then it’s a really fun game of tug-of-war, even if I’m not pulling and just telling him to drop it. 🙂

But we’ll get there. 🙂

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I took a close up photo with my phone of a snail, wow. Amazing how great it looks.

MacLeod Clan bear and Max

MacLeod Clan bear and Max

Fraser Clan Bear

Fraser Clan Bear

I’ve been finishing up some bears. Note while I was taking pictures of the bears, Max was helping with MacLeod Clan Bear to make sure he was sitting up properly. These two are for one order, and I’m finishing up two more for another order.

I got 2,000 words done on Taming the Wild Cougar.

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But I was 1300 short on Billionaire. Was doing some brainstorming and research though.

And, I’ve been walking 3 miles for the last 3 days. 🙂

Soooo, off to blog and another site and then it’s time to work on Billionaire, and make up for yesterday! And finish up the last two bears!

Have a super great Saturday!!! Mine is totally booked!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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On Top of the World!

It just takes a writing breakthrough to make me feel that way too.

Jaguar at the Cameron Park Zoo

Jaguar at the Cameron Park Zoo

I love purple so it’s a good color. I’ve heard that some experts say that the love of purple relates to depression. Shaking head.

I’ve heard that some think in terms of thrillers, angst, so they used it in Harlequin Intrigue books to showcase the thriller aspect.

When I see purple, I just love it, nothing sinister about it.

So why am I on top of the world? I finally figured out how to open Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing.

Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing

I have been mulling this over and mulling, and mulling, and mulling, and mulling, and well, shoot, just lots and lots and lots of mulling. And getting no where. So yesterday, after spending the day writing guest blogs for SEAL Wolf Hunting, and another project I had to do that was essential, I sat down to watch a season of Castle. I love Castle. And I love Detective Beckett. And I love the detectives working with her. Everyone is fun and I love the facial expressions, and the witticisms, and the mysteries involved in solving the murders.

So what has that got to do with the breakthrough? Not a thing.

But, it gave me a much needed break after writing two books. And so, this morning I was back to mulling. I had an idea of how I wanted to open the story. Conflict, romance, mystery, intrigue, setting, plot. But not how to really write it. So the scene opens with a rip current (often mistakenly called a riptide, even by moi), and that was it. I used that for my description of the setting and took off with it. And wrote 3 days worth of word count. Does that mean I can goof off for 2 days? Nope. It means I can try to do the same thing tomorrow. And the next day. Until I get stumped again.

The great part? I’m having fun. No more mulling. Just diving in and writing.

Oh, and I want to be able to write one book a year and be as rich as Castle. 🙂

Have a super great purple day! Unless you like blue better. Or some other color! For now, I’m getting busy with writing some more!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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MacGregor Bear! Puppies’ Topknots! A Toad! Talk about Being Random!

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Three bears down, 7 to go. They’re all in process, like my current book.

I got up at 2 to take the puppies out. Tried the no leash trick. They had baths last night, so they didn’t sleep like they usually do. Tanner came right back to me. Max did, then ran off to explore some more. So I won’t do the no leash thing again. Not until Max is fully trained. Which is going to take a while.

Between days of ice and snow, workmen being out here, and then two days of pouring rain, my cupboards were bare. No treats for the puppies. No seed for the birds, and worst of all, no chocolate for me. Writers can’t live without chocolate! At least, not this one.

And I realized that it’s EASTER coming up! Which means Cadbury chocolate creme filled chocolate eggs. 🙂

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Puppies and Topknots

Soooo I spent two hours running errands, shipping 3 bears, picking up stuff for my next readers convention, etc, and that meant that last night, I was behind on my word count. Partly because I was setting up another FB party to celebrate St Patty’s Day, and because I had given both puppies baths.

Now, I really did get my word count. I wrote the remaining 600 words by hand last night, and voila, at 2 am, I typed them out and yes!! I made it.

And look what we found when we went outside yesterday! Well, I found him. Max ran his nose right over him and didn’t see him.

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And that’s all I have to say at 2 in the morning. Puppies are in their crate grumbling because I’m not coming back to bed. Well, Max is, just a little. They’re not barking. Usually Tanner will yip if I don’t come back, but he’s gone to sleep, which is the way it should be. Max gave up on me. I think.

I keep using up my internet time because of the cloud saving my stuff, so thought I’d post this during my “free” usage time. Since I was up anyway.

Have a super great day!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Ack! Change!!!

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Surreal Butterfly among flowers

Okay, this morning I had to blog on Blogger, and so it was fine. Popped up like it was supposed to. No problem. Now, you have to remember I get up early. So I like things to be the way they always are. I confuse my puppies because I do things differently in the morning before I settle down to drink my green tea and work on blogs. But when I open up my browser, I want things to be the same as they always are. IE, I go to the WordPress blog like I normally do, and get to work on the blog. Today, it took me to a different page, and I thought I had clicked on the wrong link, so I started over. And the same thing happened.

At 5:30 a.m., I really don’t want to have to figure things out. I do that with writing a new book and proofing the other. But other than that, I really don’t want to have to think. Not about that. Yes, I have to think about what I’m going to write on the blogs too. That’s enough thinking for the day, don’t you think?

It’s like going into the grocery store and, wait, where did the bread aisle go? I’ve been known to get everything else but the thing I went in for because they moved the item and I can’t find it. There’s never a clerk to tell you where they hid it either. I know that it’s supposed to be a good marketing ploy. Well, guess what? I didn’t buy the bread, and went without for two weeks until I made it into town again. And so they lost a sale! Oh, sure, I’m certain I was the only one who didn’t buy bread because they had moved it–by the way, it’s not only the bread, but anything. I’ve done that several times. Or even gone to Walmart instead of the grocery store and given up looking for something because I couldn’t find it. Oh, dishwasher soap. I’m down to my last little packages. Got to get them next time I’m in town. But I’ll go to the grocery store because I know where it is there. Walmart? Clueless.

Now, the puppies have an eating routine. They are little eating machines. Only yesterday, they decided they wanted to eat earlier than I normally feed them. So alpha that I am (because I made the decision, so I’m still going to hold onto the alpha moniker), I fed them earlier. The problem with that? After their second meal of the day, they wanted a third, you know, for the real time of the day when they normally eat their second meal.

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How did my goal of working on different goals make out yesterday? I was over halfway done on proofing SEAL Wolf Hunting (I meant to read over 162 pages–the halfway point, I read 216), and 814 words over on word count on She-Wolf. Some might say I should just write my 2500 word goal and that 800 is bonus. But I won’t. It’s part of the 2500 word goal. It makes me feel better to know that I only have 1700 words left to go. It’s a psychological game. Did you know that? It really is. I tell myself, I’m at 9314. I need to get to 10,000 today. Not too shabby when my goal was 1,000 for Tuesday and the rest of the week 2500 words a day. Anyway, I don’t tell myself that I need 10,000 today. I tell myself I need 9500, and then wait a minute, my count is off. I only need less than 700 today???????

Even better! Okay, so I tell myself I need 500 words at a time of the 2500 word goal. I just need to reach that next 500. And then I’m over it and I just need to reach that next 500. What happens is that I’m really on a roll, like I was yesterday, and kept writing. But I kept thinking I needed to get to proofing the other book. So I had to stop and work on that. And then on that, I was like I needed 162 pages. But a fourth of the way to my goal, I was like maybe I could spread this out over 4 days instead of 2. Then I felt better. I could do that. But then I kept reading and I only found one error, disagreed with one change they made, and agreed with 2 changes they made and kept reading. And then I made the halfway point and wanted to keep going until it was getting so late, I figured it really was time to go to bed. The point is, yes, there is a point to my ramblings–if a goal seems too difficult to attain in the time allotted, spread out the goal over several days until it’s doable, BUT then do over what you planned to do. That way you’re making progress toward the end result at a faster rate and I don’t know, for me, it makes me feel good. I get behind on word count and I feel like a dark cloud is hanging over me.

On bears? I sewed up one of the sashes for a bear and wound bobbins. So I didn’t get started on the bears, but I still did some things necessary to working on them. Now that the bobbins are wound, I can jump right in to sew them once my word goal is met and I’ve finished proofing the book.

But you see, I had to listen to 15 mins of The  Trouble with Demons (YA) audiobook, to approve it. And I had to do other things yesterday too, so, all in all, a really good day.

700 words for She-Wolf. I can’t believe it. I think I’ll finish those, get my 10,000 and finish proofing SEAL. Then I can work on bears, and then get back to working on She-Wolf and start on my word count for tomorrow. See, if I get my word count done, I can actually take a break later in the week. 🙂 Or if I have other stuff that pops up, I won’t be behind.

There really is method to my madness. Really.

So do you get discombobulated when you’re hit with a change in your routine? Does it throw your whole day off, or can you deal with it and get back on track without too much trouble?

Do you ever leave the grocery store without the item you went in for because you couldn’t find it?

Have a super great day! Ice and snow this week, 70s for two days next week. 🙂

Terry
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